Simplify – Week 3

3 – Breaking the Busyness
10/26/16 (HS)


“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

“Although He [meaning Jesus] died on the cross in weakness, He now lives by the mighty power of God.  We, too, are weak, but we live in Him and have God’s power, the power we use in dealing with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:4

1.  Learn how to say “no.”

“Jesus said, ‘Go on to the festival.  My time hasn’t yet come.  I am not going.’”  John 7:8

2.  Stop the stories.

3.  Turn it off.  Silence.

“Then the Lord said to Elijah, ‘Go.  Stand in front of Me on the mountain.  I will pass by you.’  Then a very strong wind blew.  It caused the mountains to break apart…But the Lord was not in the wind.  After the wind, there was an earthquake.  But the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake, there was a fire.  But the Lord was not in the fire.  After the fire, there was a quiet, gentle voice.” 1 Kings 19:11-12

4.  Leave some margin.

”A wise person does the right thing at the right time.”  Ecclesiastes 8:5

5.  Recognize when enough is enough.

“First, help me never to tell a lie.  Second, give me neither poverty nor riches.  God, give me just enough to satisfy my needs.” Proverbs 30:8

“So then, if you have food and clothes, that should be enough.”  1 Timothy 6:8

Making difficult choices combined with God’s power is the only way for you to break through the busyness.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you have trouble saying no?  If so, what is at the root of that inability?
  2. Do you find you wear busyness like a badge of honor?  What does that reveal about our heart if we do?
  3. What does margin look like in your life?
  4. How can you learn to lean in more on God’s grace?  What does it look like for you to make space for Him daily/weekly/monthly?
  5. What has been the most helpful aspect of this series for you?  What are you walking away with?  What changes will come as a result?